Perfect Holiday Cheese Platter and Wine Pairings
Linda Grasso has some unique and delicious ideas for your cheese plate this holiday season. Try using roasted pistachio kernels and dried hibiscus blossoms as the base for your platter. She also suggests some amazing wines for the perfect pairing.
My friend Barrie Lynn is a cheese whiz…literally. Known to fans across the country as The Cheese Impresario, she’s our "go-to gal" for any and all things cheese. Below are Barrie’s favorite “cheese experiences” for holiday entertaining.
Pick 3 cheddars of different ages. Get a young cheddar like a 3 or 6 month old, and a middle-aged 5 or 6 year old. Finally, get a rare, 10 year old, like one made by Hooks’. “Hook's Ten Year Aged Cheddar is a delightful surprise because it’s not dry or hard. It’s smooth, creamy and nutty.”
Fill in platter with dried, California figs and a handful of unsalted cashews or unsalted, roasted pistachios by the Santa Barbara Pistachio Company.